War Violence Against Women: PS

So… I was looking forwarding to writing about Fertility Awareness again, but then I listened to the news. I keep thinking/assuming/hoping that the “good ol’ boys’ club" is being dismantled, but I’m wrong. It seems that the military continues to favor their accused buddies rather than the facts, and women’s voices continue to be ignored and silenced. 

This week is no different; here’s the gist: 

  • March 2012 - A civilian woman accuses Air Force Lt. Col. James Wilkerson of sexual assault.
  • November 2012 - Four colonels and a lieutenant colonel find Wilkerson guilty. He’s sentenced to one year in prison with a dismissal from the military.
  • March 2013 - Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin overturns Wilkerson’s conviction of aggravated sexual assault, reinstating him at full rank. Outraged, several senators and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta call for a review of Franklin’s decision by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

The Stars & Stripes article and All Things Considered broadcast provide more details.